On National Voter Registration Day, celebrate civic art-icipation

We're celebrating National Voter Registration Day all week. Join us from 3:30 to 6:30 pm daily in Lincoln through Sept. 25 for a traveling community art project encouraging registration and participation in the 2020 census.

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Every year, untold numbers of Americans are unable to vote because they have missed registration deadlines, failed to update their registration, or weren’t sure how to register. Since 2012, National Voter Registration Day – the fourth Tuesday in September – has assisted in the effort to make those problems history.

Today, Civic Nebraska is joining hundreds of nonpartisan organizations from across the country to make sure every eligible American has an opportunity to vote. National Voter Registration Day creates awareness of voter registration opportunities and reaches voters who may not otherwise register. Since 2012, it’s helped nearly 3 million voters register to vote on the holiday.

This year, we’re reserving the whole week to get as many Nebraskans registered as possible. And we’re going to have some fun, too: Join local artists, voting rights staffers, and Civic Nebraska volunteers from 3:30 to 6:30 pm every day this week in Lincoln for the Civic Sidewalk Series community art project. The week-long undertaking will be on the sidewalks of the city’s Near South and Everett neighborhoods, and celebrates the census and registering to vote. Live art will be created on the sidewalks; families are encouraged to draw, too. Free snacks, water, and face coverings will be available.

We’re helping to host this event along with some awesome partners: The South of Downtown Community Development Organization, YWCA Lincoln, the LUX Center for the Arts, the Nebraska U. Social Practice Coalition, and the Nebraska Civic Engagement Table. Come check it out.

Tuesday, Sept. 22: 13th and F streets
Wednesday, Sept. 23: Pepe’s Bistro, 11th and B streets
Thursday, Sept. 24: 17th and Washington streets
Friday, Sept. 25: 11th and G streets

FAQs: Registering to vote in Nebraska

By what date(s) do I have to register to vote for the Nov. 3 election?

There are two dates you absolutely, positively need to know.

1) If you wish to register online to vote in Nebraska, you must do so by 11:59 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. You will need a valid ID in the precinct in which you will vote to register online. Registering online in Nebraska takes about 10 minutes.

2) If you wish to register in person at your county’s election office, you get one additional week. That means you have until 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, to get there and get it done.

For all important dates in the 2020 election, visit our election countdown page.

I can’t remember if I’m registered to vote. Where can I check?

Go here to check — and double-check. It takes 30 seconds.

I’m a college student. Do I register to vote in the city where I’m going to school, or in the place where I’m originally from?

If you’ve moved out of state or to a different county for college, you are not required to re-register at your college address – temporary leaves from your home state or county do not require a change in voter registration. But you get to choose where you register; you can either register to vote at your college address or your permanent home address. If you choose to register to vote in a state other than Nebraska, be sure to check that state’s laws and requirements about voting and registration.

Let’s get it done, Nebraska – register and vote!

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